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I enjoyed the first three books in the Nightingale series better than this one. But this one was also pretty good and had some neat ideas in it. It is kind of a reboot from the first three books where Nightingale gets to live his life over again and is once again faced by a demon, however in this book it is a shade that he is dealing with. A young girl is kidnapped and abused to the point of being killed opening her up for and evil entity to move into her body with an evil agenda. What Nightingale must have to do to confront her is a horrible thing to even think about. Mrs. Stedman remakes an appearance to help guide Mr. Nightingale along. Jenny is also present in this book but has a very minor rule which kind of disappointed me. Paul Thornley does a very good job with the narration however his voice tends to go into a monotone at times and made me start to drift off. But overall he did A good job bringing the characters to life.
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I love the intrigue, the mystery and jack. I was very excited when this new book was released and I wasn't disappointed. Paul has the perfect voice.
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Book 4 in the series; the plot 'progresses' from the end of Nightmare. A series that very much has to be consumed in proper sequence. It deals with the concurrent investigations into the aftermath of a School spree killing with Satanic overtones in the Berwick area and the aftermath of a child abduction. In neither case are things as they seem.
Two interesting investigations; the Berwick thread in particular was fascinating and very topical in it's underlying subject matter. It also played with pre-conceptions nicely.with a couple of red herrings suitably strewn about
The narration was good and especially when the narrator was doing the 'supernatural' voices quite creepy.
There is a real sense of menace and unease in the Child Abduction investigation.
Very good use of the prologue in creating suspense as to how the dots are going to be filled in.
After the equivalent of a plot car hitting a wall ending of Nightmare; the 'progress' was actually less jarring than I'd expected. There is however yet another mini 'Deus Ex' at the end.
The 'Demon Summoning/Dealing' element that played a major part in the first three was a lot lot less than in previous novels and what there was seemed forced in rather than for any real purpose.
The two investigations seemed super glued together into the one book. I appreciate there is doubtless a contrast between what was actually happening as opposed to appearing to in each but at times it felt like each was being slightly compressed. It felt more like soup and a sandwich than a steak and chips .
There's perhaps an element of the story arc and narrative stumbling in a state of concussed shock after the way Nightmare ended but it seemed the weakest of the four so far. The 'Wow' factor of the first three is absent. That said however taken on it's own the investigations are interesting and for a fan of the series well worth a listen; hopefully a pause for breath before a stronger Book 5.
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I have listened to all the Jack Nightingale stories and enjoyed them all, except the third one which resorted to a deus ex machina ending which was irritating and lazy....Anyway this book is a welcome return to black magic and Jack's fairly dumb decisions.
Well written and well narrated its a fun, no brain needed, horror lite book that I will almost certainly listen to again.
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